ISLAND OF BARLEY
4/20/2019 04:35:07 pm
You've got them backwards... /yava/ is corn (in the original sense, not maize), or barley, and /dvīpa/ is "Island". /yava/ seems to be related to Greek ζεά "spelt", Lithuanian /javaī/ "corn", and Old Irish /eorna/ "barley".
4/20/2019 07:42:20 pm
Thank you for your correction; I've fixed the error.
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Hello! I'm Adam Aleksic, a senior studying government and linguistics at Harvard University, where I co-founded the Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Society. In addition to etymology, I also really enjoy trivia, politics, vexillology, geography, board games, conlanging, art history, and law.